The NEXO, Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle, has just topped 1000 units sold in Europe since the beginning of its production in 2018. We got to check out the updated 2022 NEXO, it’s fundamentally the same car, but it’s gotten much-needed software update of the infotainment system.
The NEXO is a fuel cell electric vehicle with a range of up to 666 km (WLTP) and a refueling time of less than five minutes. Its navigation system grew to 12.3-inches color LCD touchscreen with a seamless LCD glass cover and an updated UI that feels more user-friendly.
Hyundai’s BlueLink, which is an app that allows for remote access and control to some of the features and functions of the car has gotten an update as well. Adding in some useful features like the ability to have up to 3 user profiles and nature sounds which we saw in the IONIQ 5.
What’s interesting about the upgrade is that the imaging on the blind spot recognition is greatly improved. It’s doubtful that the cameras were upgraded but the image quality of what we see through the camera below the side mirror is much more crisp and clear.
Hyundai’s bet on Hydrogen is not limited to this SUV, in fact, the NEXO is the smallest and likely least ambitious vehicle in their Fuel Cell portfolio.
The XCIENT Fuel Cell is the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell truck that is already being used in Switzerland and the fleet has already passed 1Million Kilometers. Considering Switzerland is only 220 kilometers from north to south and 350 km from east to west this is an impressive number. Hyundai has plans to expand in 2022 with its sights set on Germany, Holland, and France as countries that are among the more Hydrogen friendly regions in Europe.
Hyundai hasn’t been shy about talking about its ambitions for urban air vehicles, ships, and trains to be added to its Hydrogen portfolio. Hyundai has also confirmed that all of its commercial vehicles from 2028 will have a fuel cell version. This is just another sign of the South Korean brand’s commitment to popularize Hydrogen by 2040.